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When my patient Lauren came in for her semi-annual visit she had just returned from a wonderful vacation. With a glowing tan, Lauren recounted that she had really enjoyed her trip, but she was so upset when she was flipping through her pictures at home. In ever picture, she complained, her teeth looked kind of yellow and worn down. With a wedding coming up in just a month, Lauren was very motivated whiten and brighten her smile.

 

Lauren’s cosmetic concerns are incredibly common. Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists explained to her that as people age, their teeth inevitably age and change color as well. Some patients suffer from discoloration due to environmental factors, food, and drinks. Other patients suffer from yellow teeth become their enamel becomes thinner and exposes the darker inner-tooth. Luckily, we now have a variety of cosmetic treatments that can whiten dental enamel and restore a youthful looking smile.

 

Teeth whitening and bleaching treatments are popular among patients of all ages, because they are both quick and comfortable. Bleaching treatments whiten enamel by using hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Professional, in-office treatments deliver stunning results in just one or two sessions.

 

Dental veneers—thin layers of porcelain that are affixed to the surface of teeth—are often used for patients for whom traditional teeth whitening treatments don’t work. Because dental veneers cover existing enamel, they can in essence resurface any cosmetic problem. Dental veneers can be custom shaded and shaped to fit a patient’s smile and blend with natural teeth.

 

Lauren chose to pursue teeth bleaching treatments, and she is thrilled with the results. We were able to lighten her teeth several shades, and she was ready to flaunt her whiter, younger-looking smile in time for wedding pictures! If you’ve been considering cosmetic dentistry treatment, give our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists a call for more information—(636) 614-1217.

When many people think of dentures they picture an old lady with her teeth flapping out of her mouth. This picture is horribly outdated! And unfortunately it deters many patients from getting partial or complete dentures that could dramatically change their lives. With modern technology, dentures are more natural looking, and easier to use than ever before. Here I’m going to review some options our O'Fallon dentures dentists offer for patients suffering from tooth loss. Depending on your situation you may benefit from partial or complete dentures.

 

So What’s The Difference?

 

If you’re missing all of your teeth on either the top or lower jaw you may benefit from complete dentures. These dentures are fitted to your gums, and they stay in place with dental adhesive. With complete dentures you can regain the appearance of a complete smile along with the functionality of a full set of teeth.

 

If, on the other hand, you are missing some teeth, but you still have natural, healthy teeth on your jaw line, you may be able to use partial dentures. These dentures replace teeth with a smaller denture piece. Partial dentures are affixed to adjacent teeth. Natural teeth hold partial dentures in place, and simultaneously partial dentures keep teeth from shifting or moving along the gum line.

 

Both of these tooth-replacement options can help you feel more confident and happy with your smile. There’s not reason to go through life trying to hide your teeth—you have options with comfortable, modern dentures. Give our O’Fallon dentures dentists a call—we can answer all of your questions and get you on the way to your dream smile— (636) 614-1217.

You can’t control whether or not you have a chronic sleep apnea condition. However, as an informed patient you can control how disruptive your sleep apnea is on a day-to-day basis. Nobody knows your sleep habits better than you do—and if you take proactive steps to get the sleep apnea treatment you need, you can significantly reduce your complications from sleep apnea. So take charge of your health and look out for these common sleep apnea-associated problems. If you look at this list and think, “hey, that sounds like me,” let your dentist know!

 

Common chronic symptoms:

  • Extreme daytime sleepiness
  • Heartburn/sour taste in the mouth
  • Nighttime restlessness and tossing and turning
  • Frequent headaches
  • Concentration problems
  • Decreased memory
  • Irritability

Nighttime sleep-apnea specific symptoms:

  • Choking/gasping during sleep
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Chest pain at night
  • Disruptive snoring
  • Periods of obstructed breathing—your bed partner may even be able to hear that you are not breathing for a period of time
  • Frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom

As you can see, some of these symptoms ostensibly point more directly to sleep apnea than others. Swelling of the legs, for instance, may be a result of a variety of troubling problems. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists can help you determine whether your symptoms are connected to sleep apnea breathing problems or another condition. Therefore, if you find yourself struggling with one or more of these symptoms it’s important to contact your dental health professional immediately so that you can get an accurate diagnosis. Feel free to give our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists a call if you have any questions or you’d like more information—(636) 614-1217.

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